News & Events

Parish News:

Dear Friends, As you know, we are to have a number of changes in September:

  • Fr Lgo is to move from our St Barnabas Cluster of parishes and take up a new appointment in St Teresa’s parish in Princes Risborough.
  • Fr Nathaniel Onwuekwe from the Diocese of Nnewi in Nigeria, who is currently working in St Joseph’s in Bedford, will be joining us.
  • Fr Pius will work for the Sion Community leading parish and school missions, but continue to have a base here in Milton Keynes.
  • Fr Paul Hardy. the Parish Priest of St Edward’s in Shenley Church End, has been unwell for a while and he is going to retire in the autumn. Therefore Bishop Peter has decided that St Edward’s parish should become part of our St Barnabas cluster in the autumn.

As you can appreciate, these changes will require a lot of reflection about how we arrange ourselves in the future and particularly about the number and times of
Sunday Masses that we have. I am sure that it will be possible to arrange things, but it will require a generosity of spirit from us all. I hope we will be able to reflect and talk about these things over the next few weeks. Fr Francis

Please Note: There will be no Open House during the month of August. Open House will recommence in September. Please contact the Cluster Office for any queries, during this time.

Breakfast at St Mary’s: A Continental style breakfast Beginning 25th August will be served after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 25th August, in the Church Hall.  Voluntary contributions will be for the Children in Need Charity.

Job Vacancies

We are recruiting for an Administrative Assistant for the St Barnabas Cluster of Parishes. Paid part time role for 16 hours per week, which would ideally be worked over 4 days. For full details and an application form visit; www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or email hradmin@northamptondiocese. com. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th August 2019. Interview date is Tuesday 3rd September 2019.

Bishop Peter is currently looking for several Foundation Directors to provide strategic management and oversight of Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust (OLICAT). He is looking to appoint practicing Catholics with a variety of skills and experience. For further details please contact Debbie mann on 01582-723312 or email : main@nores.org.uk.  

Bible Study Wisdom Books: The Wisdom literature of the Bible (Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes) teaches us how to actively seek out sound guidance for navigating life. If you want to know what it means to live with God’s wisdom and are ready to dive deeper into applying Scripture to your life, please join us for 8 weeks at St Augustine’s on Fridays after the 7pm Mass beginning on Friday 13th September 2019. You will need to purchase a course book, which will need to be paid for prior to it being ordered. Money must be paid by 12th August. Please contact Christine Scotcher at 01908 318079 or email: bibletimeline2018@gmail.com.Everyone is warmly welcome.

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Bible Study Wisdom Books: The Wisdom literature of the Bible (Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes) teaches us how to actively seek out sound guidance for navigating life. If you want to know what it means to live with God’s wisdom and are ready to dive deeper into applying Scripture to your life, please join us for 8 weeks at St Augustine’s on Fridays after the 7pm Mass beginning on Friday 13th September 2019. Everybody is very welcome. For more information, contact Christine Scotcher bibletimeline2018@gmail.com

Mass for Victims and Survivors of Abuse: A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

St Mary’s Offertory Envelopes: The new boxes of envelopes, which commence in September, will be available for collection from the back of the Church this weekend.

bicycle Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Ride  and Stride 2019;  This years Sponsored Ride and Stride takes place on Saturday, 14th September and we are looking for people to represent St Bede’s particularly but also the St Barnabas Cluster. If you are interested please contact Mal Nally on 01908 611802, who has all the information. There will also be a  need  for volunteers to welcome riders at St Bede’s on the day, so if you are able to spare an hour of your time please sign the list on the notice board, at the back of St Bede’s Church.

St Mary’s Church Hall If anybody has borrowed some mugs, cutlery and a basket with wine glasses, from the Hall. Please could you return them. Thank you.

St Mary’s Ladies; The next meeting will be on Friday 27th September from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Woburn Sands Emporium. All welcome

There is no Open House during the month of August. Open House will recommence in September. Please contact the Cluster Office for any queries, during this time.

MK Food Bank: The Food Bank is a local charity that aims to alleviate food poverty through providing emergency food parcels to those in need. One thousand of these parcels are supplied in Milton Keynes each month. Each parcel contains a three day supply of food. Please help by donating: long-life milk and juice, tinned rice pudding, meat, pasta/ spaghetti tomatoes and custard, as well as teabags. Collection point at the back of St Mary’s Church.

ONLINE FORM for CHURCH GIVING: It saves time and is safer if you can set up on line giving.  For more information about secure giving click hereTo download a form click here  (Northampton Diocese website).

PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: office@mk-cluster.co.uk.  DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.